All Alli wanted was to get a new start in 7th grade. After spending a large portion of the 6th grade at home — sick and bed-ridden with a mysterious illness that turned out to be a serious ear infection which affected her balance and made her too dizzy to stand or walk — she gained a bunch of weight AND fell off the social radar.
Now that she has lost the weight and is healthy as ever, Alli has decided that the 7th grade will be her year to get noticed… It’s just too bad that when she does get noticed, on the first day of school, it’s not in a good way. Due to a rather unfortunate case of static cling, Alli ends up with a pair of her mother’s underwear inside her pant leg. And, of course, everyone ends up hearing about it by the end of the day. When über-popular Rachel stands up for and befriends Alli, it’s like a dream come true. Too bad Alli’s BFFs don’t understand and accuse her of being a Rachel “wanna-be.” A very realistic portrayal of the crazy cliques and social madness that are all too true-to-life for many middle school girls.